Break out the champagne and pepper my path with rose petals, because I just finished the outline for the second Fletcher & Fletcher book!
“An outline? Why the hell should I get excited about that?”
Great question (though maybe stow the attitude, tough guy). The reason you should be excited is that my outlines aren’t like most writer’s. While many authors sketch out a few chapter headings and some story beats, my roadmaps come out considerably denser. Like, old-school, A-Z street atlas dense. This one weighs in at 25,000 words. For context, that’s about 10,000 words longer than the series prequel, Deathday, and I consider this a short one. The last outline was over 40,000 words long!
Can you imagine how much Matt enjoyed editing that slab of nonsense?
Why do I write so much up front? Because I’m old, that’s why. I may have spent my youth jumping in cars, gunning the engine, and ending up where the road took me, but I’m in my mid-forties now. These days, I don’t get in a car unless I know exactly where I’m going.
That’s not to say I won’t take a few detours along the way, or hit some unexpected potholes, but I’m not turning the key unless I have a fixed destination in mind. Otherwise, who knows where I’ll end up? Stuck in mud most likely, wheels frantically spinning as I try to reverse out of the horrible mess I’ve made. No, thank you.
So, sorry Mr Stott, you’ve got some reading to do. Quit pouting, behold my chunky momma, and keep those tears in check.